Tag: <span>real estate</span>

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COUNSEL MORTGAGE HAS PRODUCTS FOR BUILDERS

We have  products for builders who are building spec homes for profit. The minimum loan amount is $150,000 with a maximum loan amount of $3 million. For us to review your scenario we need the detailed budget, construction schedule/development phases, and architect drawings. The lender considers the following in the credit decision: ● Borrower characteristics/Total...

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CLOSING DISCLOSURE QUESTIONS, CONTACT US, WE CAN HELP

The Closing Disclosure (“CD”) is the latest version of the costs and prepaid expenses on the loan. The CD also contains the loan amount, interest rate, monthly payment, and amount due at closing. The numbers on the CD are intended to be the final figures for closing. The CD must be acknowledged (typically by email)...

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NOW IS THE TIME TO LOCK IN AN INTEREST RATE

When is the best time to lock an interest rate? I get asked this question often as everyone wants the lowest rate. Interest rates, like stocks, change daily; it is hard to predict whether the rate will go up or down. It is best to see what your payment is at the current rate, and...

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TWO APPROVALS, PLUS COLLATERAL

Two approvals take place when you apply for a loan.  Lenders review both your credit and income, and the collateral. The collateral must be sufficient for the loan to be approved.  What if the collateral is a condominium? When the collateral is a condominium, there is increased scrutiny by the lender. This is due to...

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WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF WORKING WITH A MORTGAGE BROKER?

One advantage of working with a mortgage broker instead of a banker is the lender credit. The lender credit is a credit towards closing costs. This credit represents the excess premium from the lender after paying the broker’s commission. Brokers get paid a fixed percentage of the loan amount from the lender for each transaction....

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APPRAISED VALUE

An appraisal is typically required when applying for a mortgage. If you are purchasing a home, the lender will base the loan amount off of the lesser of the sales price or the appraised value. Many people will look to the price per square foot when valuing a home, however, this valuation could be misleading....

HAVE YOU PRE-QUALIFIED FOR A LOAN?
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HAVE YOU PRE-QUALIFIED FOR A LOAN?

    In order to put an offer on a home, you will likely have to present a letter stating you are pre-qualified for the loan. What do you need to do to get pre-qualified? The first step is to complete a loan application; the application will give the loan originator the information they need...

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ARE YOU REALLY GETTING THE BEST RATE AND COST?

Many real estate companies partner with preferred lenders and encourage their agents to provide their clients with the names of these lenders to handle the financing of their purchase. What the buyer does not know is that in some circumstances there is a business agreement between the lender and real estate company creating this preferred status....

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DETERMINING YOUR CREDIT SCORE

Credit cards are a significant factor in determining your credit score. Credit bureaus look at your credit card balances and history to determine how you manage your discretionary spending. The credit bureaus do not know your spending habits, but by reviewing credit card balances, they make conclusions regarding your ability to manage credit which will...